The goal of Leadership Riverside is to develop the next generation of active leaders for Riverside. Decision-makers of local businesses, government agencies, non-profit organizations, schools, and universities participate in a 10 month program devoted to key regional issues at locations throughout Riverside. Graduates of Leadership Riverside go on to contribute to Riverside’s economic and cultural vitality.
Selected leaders participates in 10 full-day sessions, which include:
Orientation day – focuses on the goals of Leadership Riverside and the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce. The class becomes acquainted with important landmarks throughout the City of Riverside and analyzes different styles of leadership.
Government day – focuses on the governance structure of the city, county, and state. The class learns about the diversity of operations and the challenges and opportunities in participating in the civic process.
Law & Justice day – focuses on the judicial and correction system in Riverside. The class is introduced to the challenges in law enforcement in the municipal and county levels.
Human Relations & Social Services day – focuses on the role of government and non-profits and how those two interact to address the needs of the disenfranchised. The class is introduced to many facets of diversity and explores personal biases in a non-threatening manner.
Arts, History, & Culture day – focuses on the current initiatives of the city’s arts and culture community. The class explores the economic potential and existing programs to foster Riverside as a “City of the Arts.”
Health & Emergency Services day – focuses on the services available in the event of an emergency or natural disaster. The class discusses the current healthcare crisis facing the region and develops an understanding of shared responsibilities.
Education day – focuses on the successes and challenges in creating and maintaining an education system of maximum effectiveness in the City of Riverside. The class meets with education leaders and assesses a variety of programs that develop Riverside’s future workforce.
Economic Development day – focuses on the region’s economic forecast and initiatives in fostering a sustainable regional economy. The class meets with economic development leaders to discuss current initiatives and programs.
Military & Homeland Security day – focuses on the evolution of March Field/March Air Reserve Base and the Naval Surface Warfare Center. The class explores the defense technology in the region and how the Inland Empire plays a role in homeland security.
Visioning day – focuses on the issues of how a community can create and realize a vision for its maturation. The class takes everything they have learned and experienced and formulates a vision for what they want Riverside to become.
Each class designs a class project as a way to culminate their experience with Leadership Riverside and to leave an imprint on the community from the knowledge and understanding they gained through the program.
Leadership Riverside Steering Committee Chair
University of California, Riverside
Leadership Riverside Steering Committee Staff Contact
Community Development Coordinator
(951) 683-7100 ext. 218 or email@example.com